$50 Million for Peacekeepers in Darfur
In mid-February Congress passed House Joint Resolution 20, earmarking a crucial $50 million for the African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur. A day later, President Bush signed the legislation.
This action came about as a result of sustained pressure by activists like you and reflects the ongoing strength of the Darfur movement around the country. However, violence continues to rage throughout both Darfur and surrounding regions, and as we move towards an expanded peacekeeping force additional funding is imperative.
Congress will soon be discussing the 2007 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill that will distribute additional funds for peacekeeping. This bill is crucial to the success of the African Union's peacekeeping efforts. Stay tuned over the next several months for more information. Your voice continues to be needed to help protect civilians in Darfur.
ICC Announces Accusations Against Two War Criminals
On Feb. 27, the International Criminal Court named the first two Sudanese officials accused of war crimes in Darfur (Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb and Sudanese Humanitarian Affairs Minister Ahmed Haroun). These accusations represent a crucial first step in the pursuit of justice for the victims of the genocide. However, we must ensure that all the perpetrators of genocide are held to account. Even more importantly, the international community must take action to ensure that the indicted officials are brought to trial.
Sudan Divestment Movement Expands
The targeted divestment movement continues to gain momentum across the United States. Thanks to the extensive efforts of grassroots activists, Americans are fighting to ensure that their state's dollars are not invested in foreign companies that fund the genocide.
In the past two months, legislation has been introduced in the state legislatures of Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Visit the Sudan Divestment Task Force to check the status of divestment in your home state. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to join the movement and make sure that your tax dollars are not used to fund genocide.
Anti-Genocide Hotline Debuts!
Also this month, the Genocide Intervention Network launched a toll-free anti-genocide hotline. This is a permanent tool that will connect you with your governor, representative, senators or the White House. You will have the option to choose which elected official you would like to address and then you will receive a summary of the most up-to-date issues before being connected to their office. Call 1-800-GENOCIDE now!
Thank you for all your efforts, and we look forward to continue working with you over the next few crucial months!